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The future of automation has arrived

07.01.2013  |  Turk, M. A. ,  Invensys Operations Management, Houston, TexasClark, D. C.,  Invensys Operations Management, Houston, Texas

As automation moves into asset optimization, it spans all elements of operations and can run your process as a business.

Keywords: [automation] [process control] [pneumatic single loop controllers] [modern distributed control systems] [measurements] [business performance] [enterprise control] [asset management]

Regulatory control systems—from pneumatic single loop controllers to modern distributed control systems—have proven to be very successful in managing the basics of plant operations, regardless of the nature of the processes involved. Over time, technological advancements have enabled dramatic improvements to be made in the functionality that process automation systems provide, enabling them to perform increasingly complex tasks. However, until recently, the primary purpose of these systems has been to control process variables, such as temperatures, pressures, levels and flows, with the goal of achieving stable and safe plant operations.

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